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The pitfalls of self-prescribing

A male client in his fifties came to see me as he was experiencing chronic insomnia.  In fact, he said his sleep had been terrible for years but recently it was becoming unbearable and it was taking him hours upon hours to fall asleep.  The next day he would feel incredibly tired, but also wired at the same time.  It got to the point where he could not bear it any longer when he counted a total of only ten hours sleep for the whole week. This client had been diagnosed with haemochromatosis a few years ago – a condition which causes the body to absorb and store too much iron.  His iron levels, seven months earlier, were sitting at an alarming 1200 mcg/L (anything over...

Have you checked your B12?

It seems that B12 is the buzzword right now, but what is B12, why is it so important and how do you know if you're getting enough? The role of B12 (or cobalamin) comes right down to your DNA production which is the genetic blueprint for your health and for the proper functioning of your central nervous system. In a nutshell, B12 works together as a team with the other B-group vitamins to convert your food into energy.  Without B12 you can have a body packed-full of nutrients but no key to access them leaving you feeling very ordinary. Symptoms can arise that you've never experienced before.  Suddenly, the shopping can feel heavier than usual, or you may be experiencing some tingling or numbness in your hands or...

Are you sick and tired of feeling tired?

Do you have to drag yourself out of bed every morning?  Do you feel you're running on empty? Don’t accept a low energy pattern – it doesn’t have to be that way - even if it's been that way for a long time.  If you’re feeling low on energy and you’ve lost all motivation, you may well have adrenal fatigue. Factors such as stress, no work/life balance, poor nutrition and/or an unhealthy lifestyle can all be culprits.  Sometimes even a small deficiency of vitamin B3 can lead to adrenal fatigue. But adrenal fatigue is just one reason for having low energy levels – you may be trying to do too much, not eating well, not getting enough sleep, not exercising, not getting out in the daylight or...